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Leftism is the debut studio album by English electronic music duo Leftfield, released in 1995 on Columbia Records. It contained a mixture of new tracks along with reworked versions of previous Leftfield singles. The album contains guest spots from musicians not associated with dance music at the time such as John Lydon from Public Image Ltd. (and formerly of Sex Pistols) and Toni Halliday from Curve. The album was described as progressive house, although some journalists found that label too limiting, suggesting the album incorporated many genres. After completing the album, the duo initially were not pleased with it.

On its release, the album was well received from the British press with positive reviews from the NME and Q. The album was nominated for the Mercury Prize in 1995 but lost to Portishead's Dummy. Leftism sold well and was released months later in the United States. Critics have praised the album as one of the major album-length works of dance music, with Q referring to it as "the first truly complete album experience to be created by house musicians and the first quintessentially British one".


Toni Halliday (pictured in 1995) provided guest vocals on the song "Original".

Leftism is an album that consists of singles recorded previously by members Paul Daley and Neil Barnes between 1992 and 1995, with the exception of the single "Not Forgotten" which is not included, and other new tracks.[1] These earlier singles included "Release the Pressure", "Song of Life", and "Open Up".[2] Some of these singles were remade and changed drastically from their original versions for Leftism.[3] Barnes stated that "rethinking and re-recording a few of our older tracks put us on the right road."[4]

Barnes chose the guest vocalists who were not associated with dance music, as he "love[s] taking people with nothing to do with dance music, like Toni, or Danny Red, and putting them in a different environment, It's getting back to the original ethic of remixing, taking anything and turning it into dance music."[3] Barnes was a fan of the group Curve, and had lead singer Toni Halliday come in and work on the song "Original".[5] "Open Up" features John Lydon on vocals.[3] Neil Barnes stated he had known Lydon since he was 19 years old through a mutual friend. Leftfield wanted to do a track with Lydon for about two years but were held up as "it took all that time to get him to commit to doing it and to get the track good enough."[3] Two reggae vocalists are featured on the album; Danny Red on "Inspection" and Earl Sixteen on "Release the Pressure".[2][3] Lemn Sissay guests on "21st Century Poem".[6]

After completing the production on Leftism, Rob Daley was unhappy with how the album turned out stating that "It sounded shit [...] It seemed to have no cohesion, the tracks just didn't seem to hang well together. But having lived with it for a while it sounds much better."[5] Paul Daley echoed these statements saying "We did all the tracks, listened to them and decided it sounded a fucking mess [...] we went back, messed around with the running order and chopped a lot of things out. Hopefully now it sounds complete, something that can be listened to in one go."[3]


John Bush of the online music database AllMusic stated the album is not simply a progressive house album and that it "spans a wide range of influences (tribal, dub, trance)".[1] Clash expanded on this, describing "Release the Pressure" and "Inspection (Check One)" as dub-influenced tracks, while "Storm 3000" is a bass-heavy track that includes jungle rhythms.[6] Q described "Original" as a "sultry rock / electro fusion"[7] A review in Slant Magazine commented that "Leftism eschews mainstream categorization and manages to reside in the leftfield of almost all the electronic genres it propagates".[8]


Leftism was released on 30 January 1995 in the United Kingdom by Columbia Records.[4] In the United States, it was released on 15 August.[9] The single "Open Up" peaked at number 13 on the UK singles charts.[6] "Afro-Left" peaked at number 20 on the US Club Play Singles chart in 1995.[10] Leftism sold over 220,000 copies.[11]

On 5 May 2017, the band released Leftism 22, with a remastered album as well a bonus disc of remixes by current artists, including Adrian Sherwood.[12]


Professional ratings
Review scores
The Guardian[13]
Record Collector[12]

Leftism was nominated for the Mercury Prize in 1995, but lost to Portishead's Dummy.[20][21] Mixmag praised the singles for Leftism, stating that "classics like 'Release The Pressure' and 'Song of Life' were the cement that welded a whole new British house scene together. London proudly joined the league of house capitals. British dance music has never looked back."[2] The NME praised the album as helping keep British house music alive "when the boffins were getting complacent, the junglists were lining their pockets and the trip-hoppers were muscling in, Leftfield have returned to save the night."[16] The NME gave the album a nine out of ten, declaring that "there's a scope and spirit, an energy and a madness to 'Leftism' which'll make it one of the few dance derived that'll stay up there, bouncing around in the great echo chamber of futurity for years."[16] Q awarded the album four stars out of five, stating that "Leftfield unleash some of the most thumping techno to be housed under a major label" and "On this evidence, Leftfield join Underworld, The Prodigy and Orbital as dance acts to prove themselves across an album."[7]

Pitchfork's Paul Cooper, however, was dismissive of Leftism. In his 1999 review of the duo's follow-up Rhythm and Stealth, he stated that when Leftism was released "few could honestly say it was worth the wait" and "Had 'Open Up' and 'Release the Pressure' not been included in its track listing, it seems unlikely that anyone would be talking about Leftfield nowadays."[22]


Later reviews of the album were generally positive. In 2000, Q gave a re-issue of the album four stars out of five, opining that "It's hard to overestimate the significance of Leftism, roundly acknowledged upon its release in 1995 as the first truly complete album experience to be created by house musicians and the first quintessentially British one."[23] Q specifically praised the song "Open Up", describing it as having a "revolutionary fervour that once gripped dance, and that's missing from pretty much all pop music at the moment."[23] In 2010, Clash praised the album, finding that it "remains a landmark in dance music. Perhaps the first successful, fully formed album from the genre, which remains a classic of the era and inspiration for many who followed."[6] Exclaim! referred to the album positively in 1999, stating that Leftism is "regarded as a classic and highly influential dance album, its gleeful risk-taking and lovingly honed production certainly setting a standard for electronic music producers to aim for".[24] The album was also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[25] In 2000 it was voted number 59 in Colin Larkin's All Time Top 1000 Albums.[26] In 2007, The Guardian included the album in their list of "1000 Albums to Hear Before You Die".[27]

Track listing

Leftism track listing
1."Release the Pressure"Neil Barnes, Paul Daley, Earl Daley7:39
2."Afro-Left"Barnes, Daley, Djum Djum7:33
3."Melt"Barnes, Daley5:21
4."Song of Life"Barnes, Daley, Yanka Rupkina6:55
5."Original"Barnes, Daley, Toni Halliday6:22
6."Black Flute"Barnes, Daley3:46
7."Space Shanty"Barnes, Daley,7:15
8."Inspection (Check One)"Barnes, Daley, Daniel Clarke6:30
9."Storm 3000"Barnes, Daley,5:44
10."Open Up"Barnes, Daley, John Lydon6:52
11."21st Century Poem"Barnes, Daley5:42
Total length:69:37[28]

Released in 1995 on CD, cassette and double vinyl. A limited edition triple vinyl version was also released at the same time, containing "Cut for Life" (7:09) (replacing "Song of Life"), "Half Past Dub" (3:38) and a longer version of "Open Up" (8:44).[29] It was re-released in 2017.[30]

2000 double CD re-release

The second CD contains B-sides and remixes from the original singles, as well as "Cut for Life".

1."Afro-Ride"Barnes, Daley, Cole9:12
2."Release the Pressure (Release One)"Barnes, Paul Daley, Earl Daley7:21
3."Original (Live Dub)"Barnes, Daley, Halliday7:31
4."Filter Fish"Barnes, Daley7:41
5."Afro-Central"Barnes, Daley, Cole7:44
6."Release the Pressure (Release Four)"Barnes, Paul Daley5:02
7."Cut for Life"Barnes, Daley, Rupkina7:07

2017 re-release

CD and digital contains eleven "brand new" remixes.

12."Release the Pressure"Adrian Sherwood4:57
13."Afro-Left"Hodge & Peverelist6:21
14."Melt"Quiet Village7:49
15."Song of Life"Bodyjack8:51
16."Original"Adesse Versions7:03
17."Black Flute"Ben Sims8:19
18."Space Shanty"Voiski7:12
19."Inspection (Check One)"Maafi4:34
20."Storm 3000"Dungeon Meat5:33
21."Open Up"Skream7:35
22."21st Century Poem"Zomby4:52



  • Neil Barnes – production, keyboards, guitar, drum programming
  • Paul Daley – production, keyboards, mixing

Other musicians


Chart performance for Leftism
Chart (1995–2023)Peak
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[31]160
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[32]126
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[33]27
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[34]32
Scottish Albums (OCC)[35]6
UK Albums (OCC)[36]3


  1. ^ a b c Bush, Josh. "Leftism – Leftfield". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 August 2013.
  2. ^ a b c "Burn Bassbins Burn". Mixmag. Vol. 2, no. 45. February 1995. Archived from the original on 4 April 2013. Retrieved 12 May 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Burn Bassbins Burn". Mixmag. Vol. 2, no. 45. February 1995. Archived from the original on 21 September 2012. Retrieved 12 May 2020.
  4. ^ a b Flick, Larry (28 January 1995). "Columbia Nabs Leftfield for 'Original' Major Debut". Billboard. Vol. 7, no. 4. p. 33. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 12 May 2020.
  5. ^ a b "Rave Gauche". NME. 5 February 1995.
  6. ^ a b c d e Annan, Nick (15 March 2010). "Classic Albums: Leftfield – Leftism". Clash. Retrieved 1 August 2013.
  7. ^ a b c Aston, Martin (February 1995). "London duo Leftfield's fearsome underground reputation with a brace of eclectic dancefloor shakers went overground with Open Up, their 1992 collaboration with John Lydon". Q. No. 101.
  8. ^ Cinquemani, Sal (2 November 2002). "Leftfield: Leftism". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 1 August 2013.
  9. ^ Frampton, Scott (August 1995). "Best New Music". CMJ New Music Monthly. No. 24. p. 10. ISSN 1074-6978. Retrieved 12 May 2020.
  10. ^ "Leftfield Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 12 May 2020.
  11. ^ Darlington, Andrew (2001). I was Elvis Presley's Bastard Love-child & Other Stories of Rock'n'roll Excess. Critical Vision. p. 19. ISBN 1-900486-17-2.
  12. ^ a b Smith, Phil (May 2017). "Leftfield – Leftism 22". Record Collector. No. 466. Retrieved 26 May 2017.
  13. ^ Smith, Andrew (3 February 1995). "Leftfield: Leftism (Sony)". The Guardian.
  14. ^ Worthy, Stephen (2 June 2017). "Leftfield 'Leftism 22' (Sony Legacy UK)". Mixmag. Retrieved 12 May 2020.
  15. ^ Fyfe, Andy (June 2017). "Leftfield: Leftism 22". Mojo. No. 283. p. 100.
  16. ^ a b c Morton, Roger (28 January 1995). "Trendy Lefties". NME.
  17. ^ Davenport, Neil (July 2000). "Leftfield: Leftism". Select. No. 121. p. 117.
  18. ^ Sturges, Fiona (June 2017). "Leftfield: Leftism 22". Uncut. No. 241. p. 49.
  19. ^ Pattenden, Mike (February 1995). "Cybers of Paradise". Vox. No. 53. p. 79.
  20. ^ "Leftfield". Mercury Prize. Retrieved 1 August 2013.
  21. ^ "Mercury winners: where are they now?". Channel 4. 18 July 2007. Archived from the original on 8 October 2009. Retrieved 10 June 2009.
  22. ^ Cooper, Paul (31 August 1999). "Leftfield: Rhythm and Stealth". Pitchfork. Retrieved 1 August 2013.
  23. ^ a b Eccleston, Danny (March 2000). "Inscrutable London duo's dance masterstroke. Better than the new one with the Guinness ad". Q. No. 162.
  24. ^ Benson, Denise (December 1999). "Leftfield: Rhythm and Stealth". Exclaim!. Retrieved 1 August 2013.
  25. ^ Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (23 March 2010). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 978-0-7893-2074-2.
  26. ^ Larkin, Colin (2000). All Time Top 1000 Albums (3rd ed.). Virgin Books. p. 61. ISBN 0-7535-0493-6.
  27. ^ "Artists beginning with L". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 3 June 2023.
  28. ^ Leftism (Liner notes). Columbia Records. 1995.
  29. ^ "Leftfield – Leftism". Discogs. Retrieved 8 July 2017.
  30. ^ "Leftfield – Leftism". Discogs. Retrieved 8 July 2017.
  31. ^ "Ultratop.be – Leftfield – Leftism" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 28 May 2023.
  32. ^ "Ultratop.be – Leftfield – Leftism" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 28 May 2023.
  33. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Leftfield – Leftism". Hung Medien. Retrieved 28 May 2023.
  34. ^ "Charts.nz – Leftfield – Leftism". Hung Medien. Retrieved 28 May 2023.
  35. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 28 May 2023.
  36. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 28 May 2023.


Veröffentlichungen von Leftfield die im OTRS erhältlich sind/waren:

This Is What We Do ¦ Leftism

Leftfield auf Wikipedia (oder andere Quellen):

Leftfield ist ein britisches Electronica-Projekt, das 1989 von Paul Daley (zuvor Mitglied bei A Man Called Adam und den Brand New Heavies) und Neil Barnes in London gegründet wurde. Leftfield veröffentlichten bis zur Auflösung 2002 zwei von der Kritik hochgelobte Alben und waren auch als Remixer aktiv. Das Duo gilt heute als Pionier der Intelligent Dance Music. Seit 2010 führt Barnes Leftfield ohne Daley fort.


Leftfield, 2016

Mit dem 1993 veröffentlichten Open Up, das in Zusammenarbeit mit John Lydon als Sänger entstand, landeten Leftfield ihren ersten Mainstream-Hit. Das 1995 erschienene Debütalbum Leftism, eine völlig neuartige Mischung aus Dub, Breakbeat und Techno, war wegweisend für moderne Electronica. Viele Elektronikproduzenten ließen sich von Leftism beeinflussen. Die große Anzahl von Leftfield-inspirierten Veröffentlichungen ließ die britische Musikpresse, allen voran das DJ Magazine und Mixmag, zeitweise eine neue Genrebezeichnung mit eigenen Plattencharts kreieren: Leftfield.

Das zweite, 1999 veröffentlichte Album, Rhythm And Stealth, behielt einen ähnlichen Stil bei, ist jedoch stärker von Techno – insbesondere Detroit Techno und Electro Funk – geprägt. Prominente Gastvokalisten waren Afrika Bambaata und Roots Manuva. Das in New York unter der Regie von Chris Cunningham entstandene Musikvideo zu Afrika Shox, das die düstere Stimmung des Tracks eindrucksvoll transportierte, avancierte zum Klassiker. Rhythm And Stealth war 2000 für den britischen Mercury Music Prize nominiert.

Im Jahre 2002 trennten sich die beiden Musiker, um Soloprojekte zu verfolgen.

2005 erschien noch ein Best-of-Album mit dem Titel A Final Hit – The Greatest Hits. Auf diesem fanden sich neben den bekanntesten Stücken beider Vorgängeralben auch die beiden Non-Album-Singles Not Forgotten und More Than I Know sowie drei weitere zuvor nicht verwendete Stücke, darunter auch der Track Snakeblood, den Leftfield für den Soundtrack des Films The Beach produziert hatten. Dem Album ist eine DVD beigelegt, die alle sieben bis dahin von Leftfield produzierten Videos enthält.

2010 begann Neil Barnes ohne Paul Daley, stattdessen mit Alan Wren als neuem Partner, unter dem Interpretennamen Leftfield bei mehreren Festivals live aufzutreten. Sie arbeiteten hierzu mit wechselnden Sängern und anderen Musikern zusammen. Aus Mitschnitten dieser Konzerte entstand auch das 2012 veröffentlichte Live-Album Tourism.

Im März 2015 veröffentlichte Leftfield seine neue Single Universal Everything, und im 8. Juni 2015 folgte ein zugehöriges neues Album: Alternative Light Source war Leftfields erstes Studio-Album seit 16 Jahren. An dem Album arbeiteten ebenfalls verschiedene externe Musiker mit, insbesondere Sleaford Mods im Stück Head and Shoulders.

Am 2. Dezember 2022 veröffentlichte Leftfield das vierte Studio-Album This Is What We Do. Barnes zufolge hätte er gerne länger an dem Album gearbeitet, wurde aber durch gesundheitliche, familiäre und finanzielle Umstände zur Fertigstellung genötigt.[1][2] Die Tour zum Release fand im Frühjahr 2023 ausschließlich an Spielorten im Vereinigten Königreich statt und wurde gesanglich von den Musikern Cheshire Cat und Earl 16 begleitet.[3]

Nutzung in Werbung und Medien

Einige ihrer Titel wurden durch die Werbung einem breiteren Publikum bekannt. Beispielsweise wurde das Intro von Release the Pressure für einen Werbespot des deutschen Telekommunikationsanbieters O2 verwendet. Des Weiteren fand der Leftfield-Track Afro-Ride im PlayStation-Spiel WipEout aus dem Jahr 1995 Verwendung. Der Track Phat Planet wurde für die Serie Transformers: Beast Machines als Titelsong benutzt.



  • Leftism (1995)
  • Rhythm and Stealth (1999)
  • A Final Hit – The Greatest Hits (2005)
  • Tourism (Live, 2012)
  • Alternative Light Source (2015)
  • This Is What We Do (2022)

Remixalben, auf denen Leftfield geremixt wurde

  • Stealth Remixes – Leftfield (Album 2000, erschien als Doppel-CD zusammen mit Rhythm and Stealth)
Tracks: Phat Planet (Dave Clarke Remix), El Cid (I-Cube Simple Mix), Rino's Prayer (Nick Rapacciolo Remix), Chant of a Poor Man (Mighty Quark Remix), Dub Gussett (Maas Remix), El Cid (I-Cube Table Tennis Remix), Double Flash (Headstarter Remix)
Videos: Afrika Shox, Dusted


  • A Final Hit / Greatest Hits (2005)


  • Not Forgotten (1991)
  • More Than I Know (1991)
  • Release The Pressure (1992)
  • Song Of Life (1993)
  • Open Up (1993)
  • Original (1995)
  • Afro Left (1995)
  • Release The Pressure (1996)
  • Africa Shox (1999)
  • Dusted (1999)
  • SnakebloodThe Beach Soundtrack (2000)
  • Swords (2000)

Remixe durch Leftfield

  • Intoxication – React 2 Rhythm (1992)
  • Open Up Your Head – IF? (1992)
  • Body Medusa – Supereal (1992)
  • Free And Equal – I.C.P (1992)
  • Deeper Love (Missing You) – Ultra Nate (1992)
  • Everything And More – IF? (1992)
  • Hallelujah ’92’ – Innercity (1992)
  • A Profound Gas – The Sandals (1992)
  • Back To The FrontAdamski (1992)
  • The Hunter – The Sandals (1992)
  • Nothing – The Sandals (1992)
  • You’re Mine – Pressure Drop (1992)
  • Perfect Motion – Sunscreem (1992)
  • Step It UpStereo MCs (1992)
  • I Am Free – Morgan King (1993)
  • Jump They SayDavid Bowie (1993)
  • UnforgivenD:Ream (1993)
  • Renegade Soundwave – Renegade Soundwave (1994)
  • Timeless Land – Yothu Yindi (1994)
  • White Skies – Sunscreem (1995)
  • SunJohn Lydon (1997)


  1. Leftfield – „This Is What We Do“ (Album der Woche). In: ByteFM. 4. Dezember 2022, abgerufen am 5. Dezember 2022.
  2. Dave Simpson: Leftfield: ‘Having a colonoscopy was like being in a nightclub’. In: The Guardian. 10. Oktober 2022, abgerufen am 5. Dezember 2022 (englisch).
  3. Richard Bowes: Review: Leftfield live at Marble Factory, Bristol. In: Live4ever Media. 26. Mai 2023, abgerufen am 26. Juni 2023 (amerikanisches Englisch).
  4. a b Chartquellen: DE AT CH UK
  5. Auszeichnungen für Musikverkäufe: UK


Dieser Text basiert überwiegend auf einer Übersetzung des Artikels en:Leftfield aus der englischen Wikipedia, Version vom 5. September 2005.

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